Britney Spears’ agent has broken his decade-long silence on the singer’s conservatorship, saying the “nonsense has to end”.
Cade Hudson, Spears’ career talent agent, spoke ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing scheduled Monday afternoon (26 July). According to the case’s docket, it will be to discuss petitions filed by the parties.
As the fight to free Britney continues, Hudson said bluntly that “enough is enough”.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut for 12+ years on Britney,” Hudson said in a private social media posts, according to TMZ.
“Enough is enough. After getting thousands of death threats, getting water bottles thrown at my head in bars from bystanders telling me I’m brainwashing her – Britney lm now speaking up.
“Britney who was accused of some errors as a new mum at 26 with 100 cameras in her face daily waiting to document any wrong move she did gets placed under a never-ending conservatorship?
“Sexism at its best,” he said.
Hudson amplified what many disability activists and legal experts have said of conservatorships: that they are a “violation of someone’s basic human rights”.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut out of the fear of losing my job as her agent and losing the career I worked my ass off for 15 years to build,” he said, “out of threats from the man we all know who, but I won’t even dignify mentioning his name. I’m officially done being quiet.”
Supporters of the #FreeBritney movement flew to Los Angeles from across the US to protest. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The Britney Spears he knows personally, he said, has been “failed” by “the system and the public”.
“Her new attorney is the best of the best and knows that the work has just begun,” he added of Mathew Rosengart, a top Hollywood lawyer recently appointed as Britney’s attorney on her request.
“But it’s progress and hope and that’s all we can ask for now until action can be taken.”
Someone in Spears’ inner circle, Hudson added, has long been “silenced by the people around her”. To the musician’s “silencers”, he said, “this person has her best interest at heart”.
“Even if people don’t see it now, it will come out. To the ones who should be worried, you know who you are too.
“The nonsense needs to end, and the healing process needs to begin. The lord tends to pay those people back in his own ways.
“So for the first time, I’m publicly saying #FREEBRITNEY.
“[Britney Spears] it’s your time – the world is listening and is on your side,” he added, before writing: “It’s time to get my girl back.
“The world NEEDS you freed and back.”
As conservatorship case continues, singer just ‘wants her life back’
Hudson’s pinched defence of Britney Spears comes after the “Toxic” hitmaker’s talent manager of 25 years, Larry Rudolph, quit his role earlier month.
In a letter sent to Britney’s co-conservators Jamie Spears, who controls her estate, and the court-appointed Jodi Montgomery, who manages her day-to-day health, he added that Spears has voiced her intention to “officially retire”.
With her voice at times quaking and stumbling with anger and despair, Spears signalled her wish to dissolve her conservatorship in a riling court testimony in June.
Britney Spears with her father, Jamie, in Hollywood, California in 2008. (Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
“I want to end the conservatorship without having to be evaluated,” she told judge Brenda Penny. “I want to petition to end the conservatorship.”
Mental health evaluations often act as a lodestar in the constellation of evidence that judges must consider when deciding to free a conservatee.
In Spears’ case, it would chiefly be to assess whether she now has “legal mental capacity“, which generally refers to a person’s decision-making abilities and how vulnerable they are to control.
While such a demand might be a tall order for Spears’ counsel to call for, Rosengart said his approach to getting her rights restored will be “aggressive”.
“It is my wish and dream for all of this to end,” Spears added in court.
“I want my life back.”